I’ve been making a concervative effort to check in on both people and things this week. It’s always a nice thing to do on the off-chance that you no longer have to wait for that which you’ve been waiting for because life progresses, often while you were busy looking elsewhere. Possible too, are the positive changes that other individuals may have made to their existence which could well inspire a smiliar alteration to your own.
Ben has moved all of his things a little further up the road and consolidated total creative output into one beautiful fortress, accessible via an incredibly dense and convenient portal. You may remember him from past luthier themed episodes such as this. Further works are currently up somewhere, close to the very peak of my metaphorical drawing board and I could easily be tempted by various pieces of his manifesto. He does painting and carving too and I didn’t know. I don’t recall whether or not we’ve discussed the switchblade incident but perhaps we should? Jamie swears it was by far the most Southern piece of grass roots guitar he had ever had the fortune of walking in on. It left him speechless and that is the sort of individual we are taking about here: He has the power to do that and he makes it look far too easy.
‘Alita: Battle Angel’ - Robert Rodriguez’s (‘Sin City') adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga that is a different combination of those same words - is a treat. I was initially confused by the release date as for some reason it appears our American cousins aren’t getting it until The Day Of Love, also known as February 14th. We’ve actually had it here in Drowntown since last Wednesday but no-one really seemed sure as to when we might catch a glimpse of this angelic beast. Once I had untangled Google’s occasionally conflicting web, it was a well worthwhile trek to the Everyman at Canary Wharf which is dangerously close to that land’s version of ROKA. It’s not a perfect movie by any means but then again, it’s not ‘The Prestige’ and nothing is. Except for ‘The Prestige’ and maybe also ‘Withnail And I’. And ESB. I’ll stop.
If I told you that someone, somewhere had conceived of a method by which ‘Advance Wars’ could be remade in spiritual form and available by virtue of a ‘Fire Emblem’ conduit, I wonder would your gears be as blisteringly cranked as my own. It’s a Chucklefish production (‘Stardew Valley’ & ‘Starbound’) so that should at the very least get stuff booting into life and fans turning on your Nostromo bridge. They have the retro turn based thing down cold and their art style is cute as buttons. Also, it has multiplayer and a map maker and a story creation engine and I can’t breathe. Am I getting through, here? It’s on Steam and Switch and Xbort and soon it shall be on the PS4 and I have no idea where I want to play it.
JD - TACOCAT
[Props to IMDB for the thumbnail image.]